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How to Add National Holidays to the Outlook Calendar

Microsoft Outlook 2010 How-To Tips, Tricks and News

Any good calendar will at least list Nationally holidays. A great calendar will show even more. Both Outlook 2010 and 2013 don’t have any holiday information displayed by default, but you can enable it quite easily. Follow along to see how.

Add Holidays To Outlook 2010 CalendarWith the copious amount of Holidays around the world each year, it’s getting harder and harder at work trying to schedule a conference call with the entire team. Huh? Is Joe off today celebrating the Queen’s birthday? Or perhaps you need to know when a particular holiday is landing on this year. Well, the good news is that all modern versions of Outlook make it easy to add holidays and other major events automatically.

Step 1

In Outlook 2010, Cclick the File tab and Select Options.

Click File from Outlook 2013Outlook 2013 File menu > Options

Step 2

Select the Calendar tab and then click the Add Holidays button.

Add Holiday button in Options

Step 3

Click the checkbox for each country’s holidays that you would like Outlook to download and add to the Calendar.

different countries and different holidays in outlook 2010

Now National Holidays for the countries you checked will show up in your Outlook Calendar.

holidays in outlook 2010 or 2013 calendar


10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Lori  

    This just adds them to your main calendar. How do you add them to your additional calendars?

    • Debbie  

      Hi Lori
      Did you ever get an answer on how to add the holidays to your additional calendars?

      • @Debbie & @Lori — I’m looking and I can’t figure it out. If I find a hack I will let you know.

  2. Pro  

    How about deleting calendar that you added? Is there a way? I am trying to delete, but to no avail.

  3. Norman  

    Can you undo it?

    Apparently The calendars multiply if you repeat the procedure. Now I’m stuck with Holiday duplicates.

    So, Is there anyway to delete the duplicates?

    • Yes I’ve done that as well… I’m not aware of anyway to do this with Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013 “out-of-the-box”. It should warn you before adding another copy of the holidays however, with me it didn’t which is why I also had dupe holidays in the past…

      I’ll keep an eye out.

      • Norman  

        Thank you for your advise. But I’ve managed to delete them all and eventually add them once.

        What I’ve done is,
        In de calendar, I’ve put the view in “List view” so I can filter all the events with a specific filter. In my case I’ve filtered them with “Location” which brought all the events of Holiday Calendars together sorted by Location.

        With all the events listed together in a list I was able to select them all together and delete them with one single click.

        Apparently the Holiday Calendar inserts a number os 3-4 years of holidays. So don’t be fooled when you see a long list of just one Location.

        I hope this helps you guys as well.

        I thank you again Steve for your quick response.

  4. William  

    My Country not listed on the option, is there any workaround?

  5. Robbert Doon  

    I have added the dutch holidays but they aren’t correct and i would expect them to be in dutch!
    How can i remove them or do I have to delete them one by one?

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